OHL Report: 2019 NHL Draft Edition (March 2019)

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2019-03-01

Connor McMichael of the London Knights. Photo by Luke Durda/OHL Images

 

The OHL has been through another month of solid performances and top teams winning games as the London Knights and Ottawa 67’s fight for the top spot in the league after securing a playoff spot alongside Saginaw, Niagara, Sault Ste. Marie, Oshawa, Sudbury and Guelph. This month I’ll talk about the top 2019 NHL draft-eligible prospects in the OHL and where we can expect them to fall in the draft come June.

 

C, Connor McMichael – London Knights

Connor McMichael is a six foot tall, goalscoring center who GMs could and may fall in love with. McMichael leads the top tier London Knights in points and drives the play on a consistent basis, reminding me of Auston Matthews because he loves to rove around the hash marks and unleash his shot. One of his biggest assets is how the puck always seems to find his stick. He has a knack for knowing how to be in the right place at the right time which is an elite skill that is found in many top players at the NHL level. I can see an NHL team taking McMichael right after the top 10 as the top group of centers are taken (Jack Hughes, Trevor Zegras, Alex Turcotte, Kirby Dach, Dylan Cozens).

Projection: 1st Round, 10-15th Overall

 

LD, Thomas Harley – Mississauga Steelheads

The silky smooth left-handed defenseman, Harley carries the ‘new age defenseman’ tag as his two-way style has been on full display this year, playing solid defense and putting up over 50